These fish feeds are cheap in Nigeria. However, they may not be worth the money.
While I don’t discourage you from looking for them, I do know that quality is more important than quantity.
There are trusted brands that fish farmers have used for years to ensure they’re the best. They are also more natural and contain whole ingredients that closely match the food the fish would eat in nature, according to experts.
These quality fish feeds contain krill and herring, squid and algae. They also tend to have higher levels of protein and fibre. They are also less processed than low-quality fish feed.
You may be thinking about the high price. These high-quality fish feeds are expensive because they are often packaged in small bags. This means that your fish will get less food. That is doubtful.
Although the fish feeds I have listed here can be either pelletized or granulated they are more dense and higher in protein and whole foods. This ensures your fish have less food but get the full benefits, which leads to faster growth and development. This roundup of fish feed will provide you with good value for your money.
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Top 12 Best Fish Feed Brands In Nigeria
1. Skretting Fish Feed
Skretting is the global leader in providing innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions and services for the aquaculture industry. Skretting has production facilities in 18 countries on five continents, and manufactures and delivers high quality feeds from hatching to harvest for more than 60 species. The total annual production volume of feed is more than 2 million tonnes. Skretting is the aquaculture business line of Nutreco, a world leader in animal nutrition. Skretting’s central operations are based in Stavanger, Norway. Our purpose is Feeding the Future.
Employees: 3 500 worldwide
Products: Fish and shrimp feed for more than 60 species
Production: 2.6 million tonnes annually (2021)
Production facilites Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Honduras (JV), Italy, India (under construction), Japan, Norway, Nigeria, Turkey, Spain, USA, Vietnam
2. Coppens Fish Feed
Alltech Coppens is comprised of three locations. The first – our headquarters in Helmond, the Netherlands – is where we welcome our customers and take care of sales of our independently developed fish feed. All of Coppens’s fish feeds are developed at the second location: our research centre based in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands. After these have been tested thoroughly, they are taken into production at our third location in Nettetal, Germany, which takes care of scheduling, transport, and the purchasing of raw materials. Alongside our quality-conscious staff, Alltech Coppens works with an extensive network of specialized agents and distributors to ensure high product quality. We export our fish feed to more than sixty countries worldwide.
Alltech Coppens is known in the market as a technical specialist that produces high-quality fish feed. We continuously work on perfecting our current fish feeds and developing new fish feed that caters to market demands.
3. Aller Aqua Fish Feed
Although family owned, Aller Aqua has produced good fish feed for freshwater and saltwater aquaculture for over fifty years. In fact, they’re one of the world’s most experienced fish feed producers that deliver some of the best products on the market, to fish farmers.
Their factories produce fish feed for up to thirty species of fish and are located in Denmark, Poland, Germany, Egypt, China, Zambia and Serbia. Aller Aqua products are available here in Nigeria for fry, growers, and broodstock.
Aller Aqua products for fry are either granulated or pelletised and include – Aller Infa EX GR, Aller Futura EX GR, Aller Organic EX GR, Aller Thalassa EX GR, Aller Paevo EX GR; and Aller Futura EX, Aller Performa / EX, Aller Thalassa EX.
4. Blue Crown Fish Feed
The next type of fish feed is Blue Crown. Blue Crown is produced by a company called Olam Group. They have their factory located in Ilorin, Kwara State.
They also produce poultry feeds but branched into producing a Fish meal that has supplied freshwater fish feed to over 15,000 locate farmers in Nigeria.
For most fish farmers in Nigeria, whenever they decide to switch from the most pricey feeds that are international brands (like Skretting and Coppens), one feed they tend to choose is Blue Crown, why? Because of the nutritional strength in amino and protein balance.
Other fish feeds are produced by Olam groups but Blue Crown tops the other two.
5. Vital Fish Feed
Vital fish feed is a range of floating fish feed solutions made by Grand Cereals. These fish feed come with high feed conversion efficiency and water stability.
Vital fish feed are scientifically formulated to provide essential nutritional requirements needed for optimum weight gain. This means that the exact nutritional requirement in terms of protein and fat is incorporated in the feed.
The range includes Vital Gold Fry Feed, Vital Fish Feed (Catfish), Vital Fish Feed (Gold), Aquaboom and Tilapia Fish Feed.
6. Zeigler Fish Feed
Founded in 1935 by brothers Ty and Leroy Zeigler, the company originated as a local producer of poultry and livestock feeds. In 1967, Dr. Thomas Zeigler (son of Leroy) assumed leadership as President and changed the strategic direction from commodity feeds to emphasis on research and development of specialty animal and aquatic diets.
Today, as Zeigler® embarks on its 3rd generation of leadership, the company continues to develop new and innovative technologies for specialty markets. Utilizing core competencies in R&D, nutritional formulation, and process engineering, Zeigler® currently manufactures over 300 products and exports to over 50 countries around the world.
Zeigler® has two manufacturing facilities located in south-central Pennsylvania and four partnerships located in Latin America & Egypt. Both U.S. facilities utilize ISO-9001:2015 quality guidelines.
7. Top Feed Fish Feed
TopFeed is The No 1 Undisputed and Largest Producer of Animal Feeds in West Africa. The Company has branches in all the major regions of Nigeria. The Company also has private Jetties located in Sapele and Lagos for bulk grain discharging as well as Feedmills, Laboratories, Storage Facilities, Transport fleet and well Trained Staff. Top Feeds has consistently remained West Africa’s Largest producer of animal feeds and we intend to continue our dominance of this market with our continuing investment in new technology and expansion programs. We are always ahead with all your farming needs.
Topfeed brand of fish feed helps promote faster growth. High in nutritional content with amino and protein balance, they are tailored to the needs of the African catfish and farming practices in Nigeria.
8. Ace Fish Feed
Ace fish feed is manufactured by Ace Farms and Feed Mill, an indigenous fish feed and fish processing and marketing company located in Ibadan, Nigeria.
This company produces Ace floating catfish feed, a good quality catfish feed that meet standard organization of Nigeria requirement.
9. Aller Aqua Fish Feed
Aller Aqua produces fish feed for freshwater and saltwater aquaculture. That is the brief presentation, but it doesn’t even come close to covering the entire story. Aller Aqua is a family-owned company. We have produced fish feed for more than 50 years, and this makes us one of the World’s most experienced fish feed producers, delivering some of the best products on the market, to our customers.
Today Aller Aqua has factories in Denmark, Poland, Germany, Egypt, China, Zambia, and Serbia, and we export our products to more than 70 countries worldwide. We have a broad and professional product range, consisting of feed for 30 species of fish. We know the importance the right feed plays in our customers’ production, and therefore our professional development- and research center in Germany, Aller Aqua Research, consistently works on optimizing, developing, and documenting the effect of our products. This ensures that our customers receive top-quality professional products, at competitive prices – delivered on time.
As a company, we are big enough to meet your needs and small enough to be flexible. This ensures that we can react quickly to our customer’s needs, which is essential when you strive not only to deliver fish feed but also to spar with and contribute to optimizing our customers’ businesses. Our experience and history are our guarantees to our customers that we know what we are talking about, that we keep our promises, and that we are right here – and that will still be the case in many years to come.
10. Chi Fish Feed
Chi fish feed is manufactured by Ajanla farm. Ajanla farm is a leading company in fish and fish feed production in Nigeria.
This company makes use of the best techniques in aquaculture practice available in the world to produce quality fingerlings, juveniles and table size African cat fish and Tilapia. They also make use of innovative techniques involving careful selection, electronically monitored breeding through the use of artificial implant, Recirculatory Aquaculture System (RAS), floating and fat coated fish feed.
This company is the first indigenous producer of pelletized floating fish feed in Nigeria.
Chi fat-coated floating fish feed is available in 2mm, 3mm, 4.5mm, 6mm and 9mm while, the fat-coated sinking fish feed is available in 4.5mm, 6mm and 9mm.
11. Aqualis Fish Feed
This is another high quality fish feed made by Olam. This fish feed helps in promoting fast growth in cultured fish. It is high in nutritional content such as protein and fat.
If you’re farming African catfish, consider this full-floating freshwater fish feed. They’re available in 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 9mm sizes.
12. EcoFloat Fish Feed
Another feed that can be used for your fish is Ecofloat.
Ecofloat is another product of the three fish feed of Olam Group. If you are looking for a low-budget locally made floating feed, go for Ecofloat.
At some point as a fish farmer, you will want the feed you give your fish to stay afloat and not go down the water, Ecofloat solves this problem without stress.
Types Of Fish Feed In Nigeria
Commercial fish feed can be made in either extruded (floating/boilant) or pressure-pelleted. The types most common in Nigeria are sinking wafers and flakes as well as pellets, pellets, and gelatin. Other types, such as freeze dried, frozen, and live feed are also available, but they are not very common in Nigeria.
1. Sinking Wafers
Sinking wafers, as the name suggests, are dry fish feed that sinks to the bottom of your pond. This fish feed is preferred by Nigerian catfish farmers.
Flakes are a good choice for farmers who want to grow fish that can float in the water surface or sink below the surface. Flakes can be a bit more expensive because of the high manufacturing costs. However, you can monitor your fish’s feeding intensity and adjust this type of fish food accordingly.
Pellets are very similar to flakes but they can be made into smaller, more dense balls or sticks, much like dog kibble.
Pellets can either float on the surface of the pond or sink below depending on how they are made. They are great for feeding larger fish like South American Cichlids.
4. Gel Food
Gel food is a powdered form of fish food that can be mixed with boiling water to make a stiff gelatine. This fish feed is great for sick fish, as it can be mixed with medication for easy delivery.
Consider these Factors Before You Choose A Fish Feed Type
Before you decide which fish feed or brand of feed you want to use, you should know the basics.
Before you choose your favorite fish feed brand, the first thing to look at is its availability in the market. It is not a good idea to buy a product that, after your fish have exhausted it, is no longer in stock.
Some of the feed brands listed above may not be available depending on where you live. Skretting, Coppens or any other brand should be researched before you make a decision. Also, ensure that it is easy for your fish to purchase another set if they have exhausted the first set.
The price is another important factor to consider when selecting a fish feed brand. Before you decide on a brand, consider your budget and how much money you can spend on the feed.
For instance, just because I have enough money to buy Skretting throughout my production cycle does not mean that you have the same amount.
Before you kickstart, plan your expenses and ensure that the funds are sufficient to cover the project.
You should also consider the quality of the feed. The feeds we have mentioned are high-quality, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are free from any adulteration.
Make sure to research the quality and protein levels of any feed before you buy it.
If you’re looking to purchase large quantities of feed, and can locate the manufacturer’s facility, you should go there. If they don’t sell, they will refer you to their distributor, where you can buy the original feed.
Your fish farm’s success does not depend on what type of fish feed you use. There are other factors that can contribute to a fish farm’s success.
Depending on what aspect of fish farming your are interested in, all the feeds listed above can be very effective.
Skretting is used for hatching fish. It lasts for about two months. Coppens is another alternative to Skretting.
As my fish grow larger, I switch to other brands of fish food.
My clients are advised to use Skretting and Coppens as their first 2 months of life (from fingerlings to juvenile). They can then change to Aller Aqua, Blue Crown or Vital if they have the funds.
These feed brands work well for me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will work for others. These feeds have been tried and tested and worked well for me over the years.
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